Announcement: 5th annual WHAT A CHARACTER Blogathon

“What’s great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It’s not about the gloss of your eyebrows.” – Martin Short

We’re back for a fifth consecutive year to honor the versatility and depth of supporting players with the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.  Based on a phrase borrowed from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon is an event that many look forward to each year.  Your enthusiasm for paying tribute to the oft nameless faces that appear in countless beloved classic movies is admirable.  Aurora, Paula and I extend a sincere thanks to all the bloggers who have joined us in the previous four years and invite you all to help us make the fifth anniversary extra special.

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By now you know the drill.  This is for the Louise Beavers and Eddie Andersons of the world, the names that never appeared above the title.  If this is right up your movie alley then give us a shout out…
Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayhawk66) and Kellee Pratt

Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Paula Guthat

Aurora at Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) and Citizen Screen

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And please adhere to the following:

-Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.
-We will not accept repeats since there are so many greats worthy of attention, but your choices are not limited to classics. You can choose any character actor from any era and from the medium of television, which featured a number of talented regulars.  Scroll down to see the list of chosen characters.
-Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides – please include the title and url to your blog.
-Publish the post for either December 16, 17 & 18.  Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
-Please include one of Paula’s beautiful event banners on your blog to help us promote the event and include it in your post.
-It would be really helpful if you can send any of us the direct link to your post.  Searching on social media sites can lead to missed entries.

HAVE FUN and spread the word!

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#WhatACharacter Roll Call

Outspoken & Freckled – Joan Blondell

Cindy Bruchman – Eileen Brennan

Blogferatu – John Carradine

Film Noir Archive – Elisha Cook, Jr.

Wanna Be Film Critic – Jack Davenport

Critica Retro – Margaret Dumont

Shadows and Satin – Hope Emerson

Immortal Ephemera – Stanley Fields

The Last Drive In – Ruth Gordon

Old Hollywood Films – Sidney Greenstreet

Once Upon a Screen – Edmund Gwenn

The Midnight Drive-In – John Hillerman

Movies Silently – Edward Everett Horton

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Arthur Kennedy

A Shroud Of Thoughts – Charles Lane

Gary Pratt/ guest post on Outspoken & Freckled – Victor Mclaglen

Anna, Look! – Ben Mendelsohn

In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Agnes Morehead

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Mildred Natwick

Wolffian Classics Movies Digest – Una O’Connor

RealweegieMidgit Reviews – Alan Rickman

Life’s Daily Lessons – Margaret Rutherford

Christina Wehner – Takashi Shimura

Movie Movie Blog Blog – JK Simmons

CineMaven’s Essays From The Couch – Art Smith

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – George Tobias

Jack Deth/ guest post on Paula’s Cinema Club – M Emmett Walsh

Blog Of The Darned – David Wayne

Thoughts All Sorts – Michael Wincott

Caftan Woman – Cora Witherspoon

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A big thank you – HAPPY BLOGGING!

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Edward Everett Horton, Unmistakable Character

When I was little, my first introduction to Edward Everett Horton was not exactly how I think of him now. I didn’t even know what he looked like back then. He was only a faceless voice to me. That unmistakable voice. It was graveley yet in a soft and soothing way. Perhaps because he was the voice of Fractured Fables on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, my morning routine as a small tyke.

Then I began to know him via film. One by one, I became familiar with this man through each of his film roles. And there were so many- over 120 films! I have an overt bias to films of the 1930’s, preferably the early 30’s; and EE Horton was in his prime for this era of motion pictures. He dominated comedies as the supporting character we all loved to see.  EE Horton: “I have my own little kingdom. I do the scavenger parts no one else wants and I get well paid for it.”

Born a Brooklyn kid on March 18, 1886, but his speech and demeanor allowed him to often play the part of an aristocrat, anxious fussbudget or European-cultured man servant. He started on the stage and moved into silents. But it’s his distinctive voice coupled with his “triple take” signature look that lead to him playing the favorite sidekick of 30’s comedies. It certainly didn’t hurt any that he also started many of his talkies working with none other than Ernst Lubitsch.

In real life, Horton was known to be a frugal man but he knew how to spend his money where it counts. He invested in a 22 acres estate in California with a compound of houses to share with his family- including his mother (who lived to be a centenarian) and his siblings. He never married and rumors have asserted that his lifetime partner was actor Gavin Gordon. But if so, he kept his sexuality status a very private matter as no documentation can verify with certainty. Up until cancer suddenly striking at age 83, he tirelessly worked for decades across all opportunities of acting medium. At the mere suggestion of retirement at the age of 80, he protested: ” Dear Lord! I would go right out of my mind.” I for one, I am very grateful for his hard-working commitment to his craft.

Gallery of EE Horton…

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the lovable “nervous nellie”

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Playing the wing man to Fred Astaire

Playing the wing man to Fred Astaire

Horton partnered up with Astaire in five films

Horton partnered up with Astaire in five films

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Horton k-k-kicking it with Betty Grable, in his swim trunks

EEHorton as the MadHatter

EEHorton as the MadHatter

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Clowning around with Carmen Miranda for “Springtime in the Rockies” (1942)

Stached EEHorton, fellow famed character actor Zazu Pitts

Stached EEHorton, fellow famed character actor Zazu Pitts

with Miriam Hopkins

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Batman TV series favorite EE Horton chumming with co-star Vincent Price

From stage to radio to screen, Edward Everett Horton was a multi medium master

From stage to radio to screen, Edward Everett Horton was a multi medium master including reviving his role as Henry in “Springtime For Henry” over 3,000 times

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a delightful smile from a truly delightful man who lived a full life indeed

This piece was written in conjunction with the 3rd annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON hosted by Aurora of ONCE UPON A SCREEN, Paula of PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB and yours truly. Review day one, day two and day three of the fabulous list of talented entries for more reading enjoyment!

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Announcement: 3rd annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON

“I was only a leading man for a minute; now I’m a character actor.”

… Robin Williams

Back in 2012 we- as in Aurora, Paula and I- borrowed a catch-phrase from our home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to host a blogathon dedicated to those whose names few remember.  The phrase is WHAT A CHARACTER! and the players are actors who rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many leading players wished they had.  We never tire of seeing them or paying tribute and as the previous two installments of this event proved, neither do you.  So let this fun tradition continue with the third annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon…

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Contact us:

Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled aka (@IrishJayHawk66)

Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club aka (@Paula_Guthat) and

Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen aka (@CitizenScreen)

We are thrilled to be hosting this event again and we hope you’ll join us in shining the spotlight on the great character actors in the movies.  You know who they are, the Edward Arnolds and Eugene Palettes and Eve Ardens of the world, the ones whose names rarely appeared above the movie title, but who we relish in seeing time and time again.

If you’re interested in participating, and we certainly hope you are, please adhere to the following:

  • Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.  Since there are so many greats worthy of mention, we won’t take any repeats and we’re not limiting these to “classic” actors.  Great character actors have made their mark since the end of the classic era and deserve some attention as well so the field is wide open.
  • Please include your twitter or FB tag, email address and blog name & URL.
  • Publish the post for either November 16, 17 & 18.  Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
  • Please include the blogathon graphic on your blog to help us publicize the event. (See the 3 pretty banners included in this post)
  • Include the graphic and link to the host sites in your WHAT A CHARACTER! post
  • If possible, please send any of the hosts the direct link to your WHAT A CHARACTER! post by the day before your due date.  Otherwise we’ll simply link to your site’s home page.
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!  There are many great characters worthy of attention.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ann Doran & Luren Tuttle ~ Theresa guest post on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

Ann Dvorak ~ A PERSON IN THE DARK

Bealuh Bondi ~ A Thousand Words

Burgess Meredith ~ THE LAST DRIVE-IN

C. Aubrey Smith ~ CRITICA RETRO

Cecil Kellaway ~ THE LADY EVE’S REEL LIFE

Christopher Lloyd ~ THE MOVIE RAT

Don Beddoe ~ CHRISTY’S INKWELLS

Dame Edith Evans ~ MARGARET PERRY

Edna May Oliver ~ PORTRAITS BY JENNI

Edward Everett Horton ~OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

Esther Dale ~ CAFTAN WOMAN

Frank McHugh ~ THIS GIRL FRIDAY

Grant Mitchell ~IMMORTAL EPHEMERA

Harry Dean Stanton ~ JOEL’S CLASSIC FILM PASSION

Iris Adrian ~ SPEAKEASY

John Ridgley ~ COMET OVER HOLLYWOOD

Leo Carillo ~ PHANTOM EMPIRES

Melville Cooper ~ CLASSIC MOVIE HUB

Rochelle Hudson ~ BUNNYBUN’s CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG

Thelma Ritter ~ CINEPHILED

Thomas Mitchell ~ ONCE UPON A SCREEN

Tony Randall ~ A SHROUD OF THOUGHTS

 

A big thank you – HAPPY BLOGGING!

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the @getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon- September Participants

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September is here. This means the @getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon has begun and proceeds throughout the entire month. Co-hosts Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, Paula  of Paula’s Cinema Club and yours truly will continue to accept and host participating entries. [Full @getTV schedule, banner, and the guidelines can be found on my prior post here. ] With such a LONG career in film and TV in Rooney’s portfolio, there’s plenty of choices and still time to join.

Here’s the participant list below, which will be updated as the contributions pour in all month long – so check back frequently!

PARTICIPANTS:

THE BLACK STALLION (1979) – Outspoken & Freckled

OPERATION MAD BALL (1957) – Once Upon a Screen

THE ATOMIC KID (1954) vs BABY FACE NELSON (1957) – Jack Deth on Paula’s Cinema Club

ALL ASHORE (1953) – Vintage Cameo

BABES ON BROADWAY (1941) – The Hollywood Review of 2014

STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940) – (This) Girl Friday

“The Comedian” on “Playhouse 90″ in 1957 – Caftan Woman

KILLER MCCOY (1947) – Another Old Movie Blog

PULP (1972) – Paula’s Cinema Club

Andy Hardy Grew! – Critica Retro

HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI (1965) –  Blog of the Darned

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) – Girls Do Film

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963) – Maegan on Citizen Screenings

The Unexpected Ascend to Manhood – Classic Movie Hub

BOYS TOWN (1938) – Classic Movie Hub

Mickey Rooney at Disney – Margaret Perry

MY PAL, THE KING – Sister Celluloid

*Participation Guidelines*

  • Leave us a comment or send us a Tweet with your preferred Rooney topic
  • Let us know when you post your entry so we can promote it
  • Please copy @getTV on all tweets related to this event
  • Include the blogathon banner provided by @getTV in your post as well as the following statement:

“This post is part of The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club taking place throughout the month of September.  Please visit the getTV schedule for details on Rooney screenings throughout the month and any of the host sites for a complete list of entries.”

Jaws- The Smell, The Speech, and the Fair Spanish Ladies

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“This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & FreckledIt Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23-24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.”

I’ve always had vivid memories of my early years. The first time I saw Jaws was at a drive in in the back seat of my parents’ station wagon. I know… back then my parents took me to every movie, regardless of its inappropriateness (by today’s standards). There was Valley of the Dolls at the drive in (when I was 3), which made me fear bathtubs and haunting music. It’s the very first movie I remember seeing. Then there was The Godfather (when I was 7). It made me fear tollbooths… and I’d laydown near the floorboards of our station wagon whenever we passed one for months afterwards. And Jaws (I was 9) made me fear swimming, or dangling my feet off the dock in murky lake water.

All I can say is, thank you mom and dad, and thank you Spielberg, because you scared the crap out of me in the way that I still treasure to this day.

As a movie, Jaws has it all. It’s the perfect blend of adventure, pacing, terror, and heroics. Its main cast is a set of character archetypes I’ve yet to see matched, with Chief Brody as the “everyman hero”, Hooper as the “sage/explorer”, and Quint as the salty, seafaring “outlaw.”

You want strong writing, you got it. Editing, it’s there. Emotional moments that hit you in the stomach, yup. Btw, I still cringe every time Mrs. Kintner asks Chief Brody if he knew there was a shark out there, have an “aww moment” when the Chief’s boy mimics his dad’s body language as he mulls over the situation he’s facing, and feel despair when Quint meets his toothy end.

There is really so much I love about this movie, but wanted to call out a few things stand out to me that ingrained the movie in my mind from an early age, and have continued to give me so much pleasure over the years. I’ll sum it up as the smell, the speech, and inference.

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The Smell

Few movies have more to work with than sight and sound, but I’d swear Spielberg has a knack for activating the sense of smell through the big screen. You can practically smell the milky, acidic stomach fluid that seeps from the shark that Hooper cuts open to check for remains, or the steam cloud coming off the shark jaws Quint boiling clean in his shop, or the sun-ripened chum Chief Brody throws off the stern, or the black oily smoke belching from the engine. I swear, of any director, Spielberg came the closest to inventing Smell-o-vision of any director.

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 The Speech

Much as been said over the years of the scene where Quint and Hooper go head to head in a “scar off” in the galley of the Orca…each trying to outdo each other with tales of their brushes with danger. So I won’t go into that. I just want call out the Quint’s Indianapolis speech in particular. Born of the work of screenwriter Howard Sackler, elaborated on by John Milius, and edited down and finessed by Robert Shaw, the Indianapolis speech grabs you by the throat with an amazingly emotional, toothy bite.

Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, chief. It was comin’ back, from the island of Tinian to Leyte, just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know, you know that when you’re in the water, chief? You tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. Well, we didn’t know. `Cause our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin’. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it’s kinda like `ol squares in battle like a, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark nearest man and then he’d start poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ they all come in and rip you to pieces. Y’know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I don’t know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin’ chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, bosom’s mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He’d a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”

The powerful, yet understated, manner in which Robert Shaw delivered those words is my favorite delivery of all time, in any movie.

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The Fair Spanish Ladies

I leave you with my favorite part of the movie…one that occurs at the start of the third act, when Hooper and Quint are talking about the shark cage that he’s bringing aboard. Something about the way Quint queries Hooper on what he’s intending, on what he’s going to do with the cage, reminds me of my dad. As a teenager, whenever I was about to embark on some adventure where I’d not fully planned out my actions (which was about everyday) my dad would ask me a series of questions that, more often than not, would cause me to think about what I was planning…without blatantly calling me an idiot.

Quint: [seeing Hooper’s equipment] What are you? Some kind of half-assed astronaut?

[examining the shark cage]

Quint: Jesus H Christ, when I was a boy, every little squirt wanted to be a harpooner or a sword fisherman. What d’ya have there – a portable shower or a monkey cage?

Hooper: Anti-Shark cage.

Quint: Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage?

[Hooper nods]

Quint: Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark’s in the water. Our shark.

[sings]

Quint: Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.

 

To this day I respect anyone who can call me an idiot to my face in such a clever fashion. It’s how we learn, and keep from being eaten by a great white.

Farewell and adieu to you, classic movie fans. Thanks for letting me participate in the Spielberg Blogathon, even though I don’t have a site of my own.

…Santa

*Kris Kringle is a guest blogger who is known for his clever tweets (aka @santaisthinking ), describing daily life while encouraging elves to make toys, otherwise he’s better known as the husband to this site’s host.

the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON

For many, August signals the ending of summer. One of the fun ways this August celebrates summer is via sharks, sharks and more sharks. Sharknadoes came back with a sequel vengeance when “Sharknado 2” aired on SyFy channel recently and became a national, albeit majorly campy, phenomena. August 10th, Discovery Channel returns in it’s 27th season of the very popular “Shark Week” and “JAWS Week” just completed it’s swim on AMC Channel. With all this shark action on the little screen, one can’t help but consider how much Steven Spielberg kicked off a firestorm and created a national fascination due to his film JAWS (1975).

Not his first film and hardly his last, mega hit JAWS (1975) was just the beginning for Spielberg. Taking on everything from aliens, adventure-seeking archeologists, battlefields in WW2 to the Holocaust, director/producer/writer Steven Spielberg has become an American institution via the silver screen. According to imbd he has directed over 52 films and produced over 144 and continues his constant pace today. A prolific filmmaker to be certain. But more importantly, so many of his films became part of our American experience- thanks to his signature style of weaving in very heartfelt and little “real” moments into every film. With so many wonderful Spielberg offerings, why not bid adieu to summer with a SPIELBERG BLOGATHON?

So Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET aka @le0pard13, Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS aka @citizenscreen and I, Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED aka @IrishJayhawk66, are paying homage to this beloved master of cinema with a blockbuster blogathon to end the summer with a BANG!

Here’s how it works:

For any folks who wish to submit one or more blog posts dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s career (film/TV/directing/producing/writing, etc.) particular work or life, simply contact one of us hosts…

Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED ~ twitter @IrishJayhawk66 ~ prattkellee @ gmail [dot] com

Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET ~ twitter @le0pard13

Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS ~ twitter @CitizenScreen

We kindly ask that you do the following:

-leave us a blog comment or tweet us with your Spielberg topic

-provide us with your blog name & url, twitter handle if you have one plus contact info

-let us know when your entry is published (hopefully prior to 8/23-24) so we can promote it

-please post only new content- readers’ greatly appreciate fresh posts! (recycling old material is better for consumer goods)

-include one of the provided banners (see below) and the following statement…

“This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & Freckled, It Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23-24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.”

[Hashtag #SpielbergBlogathon]

BANNERS:

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

JAWS (1975) ~ Outspoken & Freckled

INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Citizen Screenings

“Amazing Stories” THE MISSION, tv episode (11/1985) ~ It Rains… You Get Wet

“Night Gallery” EYES, tv episode (1969) ~  It Rains… You Get Wet

MINORITY REPORT (2002)/ THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) ~ Movie Rob

DUEL (1971)~ Blog of the Darned

“Columbo” MURDER BY THE BOO, tv episode ~ Twenty Four Frames

JAWS (1975) ~ Prowler Needs A Jump 

MUNICH (2005) ~ The Joy and Agony of Movies

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) ~ Screenkicker!

AMISTAD (1997) ~ Seetimaar- Diary of a Movie Lover

EMPIRE OF THE SUN ~ Critica Retro

WHY WE NEED INDIANA JONES 5- WITH OR WITHOUT HARRISON FORD ~ From Director Steven Spielberg

COMPARISON OF SPIELBERG’S SCI-FI FILMS ~ Cindy Bruchman.com

SUGARLAND EXPRESS ~ The Soul of the Plot

JURASSIC PARK ~ Citizen Screenings

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Rob Medaska, guest author on Citizen Screenings

SPIELBERG’S ACTORS ~ Kirkham A Movie A Day


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“Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be “SEVEN SAMURAI” (1954), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962), IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), and THE SEARCHERS (1956).” … Steven Spielberg

photo*As a special treat, we are giving away a fun gift… a JAWS 2014 Hallmark keepsake ornament ~ with the unforgettable John Williams theme sound effects!  All participating bloggers will be automatically entered into the drawing. Sadly, only people living in the domestic United States are qualified to win(apologies to our friends living in Hawaii, Alaska or outside of the U.S. ) Winner will be randomly selected, announced following the blogathon event, then contacted to so we can ship directly.

HAPPY  BLOGGING!

getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon

In April of this year the world lost Mickey Rooney, an entertainer whose career spanned an unbelievable nine decades.  Born in Brooklyn New York on September 23, 1920, Rooney was on the Vaudeville stage almost before he could talk and appeared in his first movie at the age of six.  From there the movies became his life.  With sidesteps into radio and television Mickey Rooney maintained an enviable relationship with audiences for nearly the entire span of his life.

“The audience and I are friends.  They allowed me to grow up with them.  I’ve let them down several times.  They’ve let me down several times.  But we’re all family.”

Mickey Rooney would have celebrated his 94th birthday this September and in tribute getTV is dedicating a substantial portion of the month’s programming to him.  Aurora of Once Upon a Screen (@CitizenScreen), Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club (@Paula_Guthat) and I, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled (@IrishJayHawk66) are thrilled to join forces with getTV for their first ever blogathon collaboration to celebrate Rooney’s career with The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon running the entire month of September.

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In case you’re not familiar, here’s all About getTV…

getTV is a digital subchannel available over the air and on local cable systems dedicated to showcasing Hollywood’s legendary movies. The network, operated by Sony Pictures Television Networks, launched in February 2014.  It features Academy Award® winning films and other epic classics titles. getTV distribution is close to covering nearly 70 percent of all U.S. television households across 65 markets, including 40 of the top 50 designated market areas (DMAs). The network is broadcast by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Univision Television Group and Cox Media Group owned stations and others. For information, visit getTV and connect with the network on Facebook and Twitter @getTV.

getTV’s programming in September will include a Labor Day Marathon dedicated to Mickey Rooney as well as themed double features every Thursday at 7 PM EST, as follows:

Thursday, September 4 – Nautical Musicals

Richard Quine’s SOUND OFF1952: 7:00 PM ET; 10:40 PM ET

Richard Quine’s ALL ASHORE, 1953: 8:50 PM ET; 12:30 AM ET

Thursday, September 11 – Crime Tales

Peter Godfrey’s HE’S A COCKEYED WONDER, 1950: 7:00 PM ET; 10:40 PM ET

Richard Quine’s DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD, 1954:  8:45 PM ET; 12:25 AM ET

Thursday, September 18 – Military Comedy

Don Taylor’s EVERYTHING’S DUCKY, 1961:  7:00 PM ET; 11:10 PM ET

Richard Quine’s OPERATION MAD BALL, 1957: 8:50 PM ET; 1:00 AM ET

Thursday, September 25 – Young and Older Mickey

Roy William Neill’s BLIND DATE, 1934:  7:00 PM ET; 12:20 AM ET

Carl Reiner’s THE COMIC, 1969: 8:35 PM ET; 12:20 AM ET

You can access the entire getTV schedule here and check to see if getTV is available in your area here.

The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon

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If you’d like to submit a blog post (or several) dedicated to Mickey Rooney – on his life, career, television work or a particular film – you can do so by submitting the entry to any one of the event hosts throughout the month of September. 

Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and Twitter @IrishJayHawk66

Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Twitter @CitizenScreen

Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Twitter @Paula_Guthat

We ask only that you please do the following:

  • Leave us a comment or send us a Tweet with your preferred Rooney topic
  • Let us know when you post your entry so we can promote it
  • Please copy @getTV on all tweets related to this event
  • Include the blogathon banner provided by getTV in your post as well as the following statement:

“This post is part of The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club taking place throughout the month of September.  Please visit the getTV schedule for details on Rooney screenings throughout the month and any of the host sites for a complete list of entries.”

  • Have fun!

Thank you!

Participants

OPERATION MAD BALL – Once Upon a Screen

THE BLACK STALLION – Outspoken & Freckled

NATIONAL VELVET – Minoo for Classic Movie Hub

PULP – Paula’s Cinema Club

ALL ASHORE – Vintage Cameo

Rooney at Disney: PETE’S DRAGON (1977) & THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981) – The Great Katharine Hepburn Blog

HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI –  Blog of the Darned

“Andy Hardy” vs. 1950’s PICTURES – Critica Retro

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